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DIMEV 473
IMEV 282
NIMEV 282
An angel said to that maid so free
James Ryman (?), A carol of the Annunciation — eight quatrains (aaab) and three-line burden (ccb): ‘Mary so mylde so meke so fre / Hath borne a chylde of hyghe degre / And his name ys Ihesus’
Note: For a variant text see 475.
Author(s): James Ryman (?)
Subjects: Virgin Mary, Annunciation to; carols, Annunciation
Versification: — four-line, three-line — aab, aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ee.1.12, ff. 87-87v
First Lines:
An angelle seide to thatte meyde so ffre
Hayle fulle of grace god is with the…
Last Lines:
…And forthwithall as he behyght
Sche conceyuyd Ihesus
Note: Not attributed to Ryman in MS.
Editions:
Zupitza, Julius, ed. “Die Gedichte des Franziskaners Jacob Ryman.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 89 (1892): 167-338: 294-5.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 182; 1977, 160-1.